Top Procurement Challenges Facing Businesses Today

Product not yet rated

Recorded On: 03/19/2020

Our panel of industry experts discuss the top procurement challenges facing businesses today, and how to manage them, including:

  • The top four challenges for procurement professionals in 2020 and beyond;
  • How to gain leverage in dealing with challenges; and
  • Practical strategies you can leverage to attack process, risk and sustainability, logistical and technology adoption challenges, and more.

Ron Crabtree (Moderator)

Executive / Organizational Transformation Coach CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, MLSSBB, SCOR-P, CSCTA

Meta Ops

Ron Crabtree has over 30 years’ experience in organizational & business innovation and transformation and along the way, more than 20 years in procurement and supply chain. Ron is a Master Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, having helped train and certify thousands of Lean Six Sigma and Six Sigma belts and driving hundreds of $millions in value for clients. He is the author / co-author of 5 books on Operational Excellence.

Gregory L. Schlegel


Gregory L. Schlegel, Founder of The Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium, has been a supply chain executive for over 30 years with several Fortune 100 companies and spent seven years as an IBM supply chain Executive Consultant. He has presented papers on and has managed consulting engagements in supply chain management, Risk Management, Lean/Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints throughout the US and around the globe. He is well-published, a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and webinars. 

Greg is certified CPIM, CSP in systems and a Theory of Constraints certified Jonah. He holds a B.S. in Operations Research and Computer Science from Penn State University and did his graduate work at Lake Forest College.

Pavan Muzumdar


Pavan Muzumdar is chief operating officer of Automation Alley, with 20-plus years of experience in executive leadership roles. Muzumdar is an Industry 4.0 expert who is often invited to speak on the topic at conferences and is a regular participant in panel discussions related to the impact of the digital revolution on business. 

In addition to his role at Automation Alley, Muzumdar is also the founder of PCS Insight LLC, a company that teaches leaders of growing companies how to increase profits by intensifying happiness and reducing friction in the workplace, resulting in greater productivity and long-term success. In 2018 he published his book Venture Perfect: The Leadership System to Maximize Teamwork and Profit in Your Business.

He is a CFA charter holder and has Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Bombay.

Derek Browning

Director of Consulting Services

Derek Browning is director, Consulting Services, for LeanCor Supply Chain Group, where he directs a portfolio of projects. His experience includes over 14 years working in logistics and supply chain, with the last 12 in supply chain consulting. Derek has trained thousands of professionals in lean management, six-sigma, and supply chain, and has taught students and professionals at the University of Kentucky, Saint Louis University, Georgia Tech University, and Monterrey Tec’s Extension Campus in Mexico City, Mexico. Derek is an instructor for Lean Enterprise Institute.

Derek has a Master’s in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s in Marketing, and holds certificates in lean, six sigma, and supply chain and logistics.

David Millington


Next Level Purchasing Association

David Millington is the Director of Education for Next Level Purchasing Association and a Certified Strategic Planning Professional. With over 18 years of experience, David brings hands-on experience at VP, Director, and Manager levels, guiding and facilitating the development of strategic and tactical solutions to intricate organizational, product, and service challenges.

David holds a Master’s Degree in Quality Systems Management from the New England College of Business, and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional, Certified New Product Development Professional, Certified Strategic Planning Professional, and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.


Top Procurement Challenges Facing Businesses Today
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
CE Credits and Certificate: Top Procurement Challenges Facing Businesses Today
1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available